Certificate in Interpersonal Skills (Level 5)

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Certificate in Interpersonal Skills (Level 5)

The Certificate in Interpersonal Skills  (Level 5) is the first year of study towards the Bachelor of Counselling. It can be completed full-time in a year, or part-time over two years. This counselling training prepares students for work in a range of fields such as parishes, churches, family and health support services, community agency work and advocacy roles.

Throughout this counselling course, you will develop a strong understanding of counselling theory, including counselling process, self-awareness, human development, personal and professional boundaries, and principles of psychology.

Openness towards diversity in culture, spirituality and world view is highly valued, as is the importance of developing a mission or purpose in one's life. This certificate is delivered and practised face-to-face and/or in an online environment in preparation for counselling placements in Years 2 and 3.

Student counselling course can choose to complete this certificate alone, achieving the Certificate in Interpersonal Skills (Level 5), or they can continue on to complete the Bachelor of Counselling.

Click HERE to download the Application Booklet for the counselling course in Christchurch. This will give you a clear understanding of all of the required documents and the process to follow to enable you to enrol.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.
Use them well to serve one another.
– 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)


Available Campuses: Christchurch



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Domestic Fees

International Fees *

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.

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  • Person-Centred Counselling
    Introducing the philosophy and approach to Person-Centred Counselling in which you will develop both personally and professionally in its practice and processes.
  • Counselling Approaches
    Introducing major contemporary approaches to counselling from historical and theoretical perspectives.
  • Introduction to Psychology, Assessment & Critical Thinking
    Introducing the concepts and principles of psychology and their application to human behaviour and counselling. You will also be familiarised with the application of assessment, including case formulation, goal setting and risk assessment.
  • Introduction into Theology
    Introducing basic Christian theology and identifying strategies for integrating theology into person-Centred counselling.
  • Personal and Professional Formation
    Developing awareness of personal and professional boundaries, personality, Christian spirituality and holistic wellbeing.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Society
    Introducing sociological and cultural perspectives for understanding Aotearoa New Zealand society, including the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi, issues of social and cultural diversity, and questions of power and justice.
  • Lifespan Human Development
    Describing human development across the lifespan from a holistic perspective, introduce attachment theory, and explore their relevance to counselling practice in Aotearoa New Zealand

Certificate in Interpersonal Skills (Level 5)


Domestic Students

  • Be at least 24 years of age when the counselling course begins
  • Complete a NZ Police Vetting Service Request and Consent form
  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via referee reports
  • Provide evidence of their ability to succeed at an undergraduate study level. The application process requires applicants to submit written work which will be evaluated for literacy and comprehension levels
  • Attend an interactive group selection day and an individual interview as part of the application process. Applicants need to show their ability, and readiness, to fully engage with the course requirements
  • Provide evidence of an appropriate level of computer literacy. This will be evaluated during the selection process
  • Applicants may be encouraged to complete a Tertiary level study preparation certificate or equivalent prior to commencement depending upon academic skills/ability
  • Domestic applicants whose first language is not English will be interviewed to assess their level of English competency and may be required to complete a placement indicator test

International Students

  • Students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no individual band lower than 5.0, or equivalent test.
  • International students are required to obtain a police certificate from their country of origin

Provisional Entry

  • Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the counselling course.

Our Counselling courses require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College.
Below are the minimum specifications required for this counselling course, anything less than this will not open the programmes required.

Windows 10 Operating System (from January 2020 any Windows version less than 10 will not be able to connect to the ATC New Zealand wireless network)
Intel Celeron
4GB of memory
320GB+ Hard Drive or 128GB+ Solid State Drive
Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

Career Opportunities

Become a Counsellor - Kaitohutohu

Counsellors help people to deal with their feelings and responses, solve problems and create change in their lives.

Psychotherapist - Kaihaumanu Hinengaro

Psychotherapists help individuals, couples or groups identify, understand, and manage emotional and behavioural problems.

Youth Worker - Kaimahi Taiohi

Youth workers support young people, work with them and their families, help them build healthy connections, and give guidance in health, education, training and employment.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our courses have been approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and, as such, all New Zealand students that enrol in a programme of study, that includes a study fee, can apply to StudyLink.

Studying for a qualification is a serious commitment, like a full-time job, so any work should be part-time and not interfere with your classes or study.

Yes! Each year of the Bachelor of Counselling is able to be taken part time and spread over two years. Complete the full degree in 3-6 years

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